Date: 29 August 2018
The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Critical Care Specialty has published a new report making recommendations about how to advance critical care experimental medicine in the UK.
The report draws upon the outcomes of a workshop coordinated by the Experimental Medicine subgroup of the Critical Care Specialty earlier this year, which looked at how to develop a pipeline of these studies, how to ensure that the NHS has the capacity to deliver them and how to engage industry partners.
The NIHR and partners have increased the number of critical care studies by more than 150% in the last seven years. This is a complex and rapidly expanding area for research, requiring clinicians and academics to work across organisational boundaries at multiple sites to deliver studies. The increasing complexity of some studies requires focussing of experimental medicine in a few major centres. Specialist skills, resources and experience are required for the successful delivery of these types of studies.
The newly published report makes five broad recommendations:
The NIHR CRN Experimental Medicine subgroup will play a coordinating role in progressing these recommendations, which will require UK system-wide responses.
Read the full report, ‘Delivering Experimental Medicine Research in Critical Care’.
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